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5 Reasons to Consider Dental Implants

Submitted by Michael R. Cortese, D.M.D. on Sat 03/04/2017 - 09:00

If you have lost one or more teeth, you may feel hopeless, or as though you will never be able to smile, speak or eat naturally again. Princeton dentist, Dr. Michael Cortese, of Princeton Prosthodontics encourages you to maintain hope as you explore your restorative options — specifically, dental implants. He is pleased to share a few of the incredible benefits of these tooth replacements.

1. You are looking for a natural looking tooth replacement.

Dental implants look and feel like natural, healthy teeth. A titanium post is placed in the jawbone and topped with an artificial tooth. The tooth is matched to the shape, size, color and translucence of the surrounding teeth for a seamless result. No one will be able to tell the difference between your dental implant and your natural teeth.

2. You value your oral health.

Dental implants are your best option for maintaining good oral health. When a tooth falls out, the jawbone underneath the gap begins to deteriorate because it no longer receives any stimulation from chewing. Replacing a tooth with a bridge or a removable denture does not stimulate the jawbone. However, an implant functions as a tooth root to give the jawbone the stimulation it needs.

By closing the gap left by a missing tooth, dental implants prevent other problems, such as the remaining teeth shifting around in the mouth and the chances of gum disease increasing. Dental implants can be easily cleaned (just like natural teeth) to prevent decay and gum disease.

3. Eating your favorite foods is important to you.

Missing teeth can impede chewing ability; in the worst cases, a person may suffer malnutrition because their diet has changed so drastically after losing teeth. Dental implants restore almost 100 percent of natural chewing ability. Because they are placed in the jawbone and topped with a high-quality artificial tooth, implants are very strong and can sustain the forces of chewing. You can eat all of your favorite foods easily and comfortably with dental implants.

4. You are tired of replacing a crown or bridge every few years.

Dental implants are meant to last a very long time. Alternate tooth replacements like crowns and bridges need to be replaced more frequently, as they do not offer the security and stability of a dental implant, and are more susceptible to decay and disease. In the long run, the up-front investment in a dental implant is more economical than replacing a crown or bridge every few years.

5. You want to feel confident about your smile.

With the beautiful look and feel of dental implants, as well as their stability and longevity, you will feel very confident in your smile. You don’t have to worry about the implants slipping around in your mouth, or standing out from the surrounding teeth. You can speak, smile and eat normally and naturally.

To learn more about dental implants and why they are a commonly requested tooth replacement option, contact Princeton Prosthodontics and schedule a consultation with Dr. Cortese. Call (609) 683-8282 or email us today.